Microwave destroys nutrients and kills food3 min read

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Following the discussion about microwaving destroying nutrients in food on our Facebook page a couple of days ago, I thought I would point you in the direction of more information.

The question we asked on Facebook was: Do you use a microwave?  The responses made us look a bit more closely at how much/often we use the microwave oven.

I’m one of those people who got a microwave way back in the early 1980’s when they were first becoming popular in our little country area.

Did it cook food? Yes!

Did it do it quickly? Yes!

Was it a bit of a novelty? Yes!

But the microwave very soon became an `essential’ part of daily life – one of those things that the more you use it, the more you need to use it. However over the past 5 – 6 years I have found myself using the microwave less and less. And since adopting a paleo / primal lifestyle a year and a half ago, I’ve hardly used it. I look at how much space it takes up in the kitchen and think….what a waste!!

For quite a while now I have been considering ditching the microwave, especially as we attempt to `clean up’ the toxins in our environment. I guess I just needed that final prompting.

The prompting came as I was reading `Primal Body, Primal Mind: beyond the paleo diet for total health and longer life’  by Nora Gedgaudas’. The section was talking about microwaving and quoted an article published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture (Volume 83, Issue 14, pages 1511–1516, November 2003) which says that:

`microwaving destroys 97% of all phytonutrients and vitamins in vegetables and other foods, and may alter proteins in damaging and mutagenic ways.’

This started me looking for more info. There’s a lot of info but I felt that this says enough to convince me that the microwave is not going to promote health. In fact it is more likely to destroy health.

Mike Adams, the Health ranger Editor of NaturalNews.com explains it like this:

`…eating raw broccoli provides you with natural anti-cancer medicine that’s extremely effective at halting the growth of cancer tumours. But microwaving that broccoli destroys the anti-cancer nutrients, rendering the food “dead” and nutritionally depleted. There’s even some evidence to suggest that microwaving destroys the natural harmony in water molecules, creating an energetic pattern of chaos in the water found in all foods. In fact, the common term of “nuking” your food is coincidentally appropriate: Using a microwave is a bit like dropping a nuclear bomb on your food, then eating the fallout. (You don’t actually get radiation from eating microwaved foods, however. But you don’t get much nutrition, either.)’

In a more recent article  he says:

`Microwaves promote death because they turn nutritious, healthy food into empty, decimated calories.’

OK. That’s enough for me!!! No more microwave. No more killing food in our house!!

Actually, I’m not sure that hubby is ready to do away with the microwave. And it’s a bit hard to hide it. I guess he will just have to learn how to use a saucepan on the stovetop. (Actually, as I write he is re-heating some soup from yesterday in the Thermomix. LOL.)

What about you? Are you ready to banish the microwave from your house? What would that mean? What kind of changes would you have to make?




  1. Sharon adds:

    We’ve really become microwave-free quite accidentally!! Yes, since going paleo….and getting a Thermomix, we’ve found that we just don’t use the microwave any more. It’s a combination of eating much more in the way of fresh foods, not re-heating or defrosting frozen meals, and the fact that it is so easy to pop something in the Thermie and have a meal ready in a short time.

    The microwave just sat there taking up valuable space in my rather small kitchen, with the top of it providing a place to dump lots of `stuff’. So I took radical action. I moved it to the top of the fridge where it’s almost impossible to reach…..and it’s not even plugged in!!

  2. I’ve seriously depleted my microwave use, and my Thermomix is to thank for that. However, I have these awesome gel neck warmer things, and I can’t see myself heating them in a pot of water, so the microwave does still have a use. I like the idea of putting it on top of the fridge though.

    1. Funny, that’s the only reason I was considering keeping the microwave Di.

      In his attempt to do away with the microwave, hubby unplugged it the other day. Now he’s ready to move it to our little upstairs `office’…..more a storage kind of room really. That way we can use to to heat the hot packs. I burned one in a saucepan once – not nice!!! And it’s too easy to forget them.


  3. My husband & I used to use our microwave ALOT since we met in 1996 – we are in our 30s with 2 kidsnow, aged 5 & 6. For the last 2 or so years, I’ve been slowly making changes to the foods we eat (more organic, less processed), and as a result we barely use the microwave. About a month ago we bought our Thermi, and its taken our more organic mantra to a whole new level. Actually, now that I think of it, we only use the microwave as a timer, because our oven has one of those knob timers, and the digital one on the microwave is easier to see from a distance 🙂 When I was growing up, my parents were big microwave users. Its an interesting topic.

    1. It certainly is an interesting topic. As mum was writing this post we were discussing the ‘revolution’ of the microwave. We worked out that I don’t really remember a time when it hasn’t been a part of my life. The Thermie certainly has helped heaps with the transition. LOL I keep on going to use our microwave as a timer but then realise that it’s not even plugged in and use my phone.


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